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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1990-09-20 (September 20, 1990)

This has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol2. #1"


Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: September 20, 1990 (check for other copies)
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York, NY

Source: SBD -> Dat -> WAV-> SHN
Keywords: Soundboard; Charlie Miller


Description

Feel Like A Stranger, Althea, It's All Over Now, Ramble On Rose, El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, Greatest Story Ever Told-> U.S. Blues Truckin', China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Women Are Smarter, Drums-> Jam-> Dark Star-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> Dark Star-> Jam-> Throwing Stones-> Touch Of Gray, E: Turn On Your Love Light

Notes

SBD -> Dat -> Samplitude -> Cool Edit Pro -> SHN; Seeded to etree by Charlie Miller

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Average Rating: 4.83 out of 5 stars4.83 out of 5 stars4.83 out of 5 stars4.83 out of 5 stars4.83 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: rebelsaint - - January 15, 2012
Subject: 'Dick's Picks' and 'Road Trips'
you can download them on Soulseek.

Reviewer: Chris Freedom - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 24, 2007
Subject: Meltdown
I was on the fence about Europe, This show put me on a flight to Stockholm.
The Second Set even has a total meltdown jam. i just loved this show.
In retrospect i am so thankful to Hornsby for bringing Jerry and the band through the loss of Brent.

Reviewer: gruUbic - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 21, 2006
Subject: midi MSG 9/20/90 Set One
I actually meant Bruce...
you can see where my head is...I just came outta the dark star

5+

Reviewer: jhender501 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2006
Subject: Never had such a good time
(earlier review by me below)

Uh..Brent was no longer with us then. I was just listening to the first set on the way home from work, thinking of how much fun I had at this show..A wonderful Ramble on Rose, All over Now and of course the surprise set ender US Blues. We had a perfect spot for watching this show..in an aisleway right behind the tapers right in the middle of the stage. Yes, Phil was thumping tremendously that night.

Jim



Only saw 2 shows in this run..the 19th and the 20th..the most fun I've ever had at any shows..first time my brother and I were able to see shows together..so many highlights..the whole first set
was great..Ramble On (my brother says "listen when Jerry sings 'just like new york city'")..All Over Now..the set closer US Blues and Althea..wonderful..the whole second set was incredible..from the Dark Star to the reprise of Playin' to the unbelieveable jam into Throwin Stones "what the hell are they doing?" my brother says..like everyone else we were sure St Stephen was coming with all the noodling they were doing..
I long ago lost the tapes I had of these shows and the first shows I looked for when i recently found this site were those 2..Classic..the best of the 90's in my opinion. I hated for these shows to end.

Jim

Reviewer: BrewCityDead - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2006
Subject: WOW
This is the Dank!

Reviewer: OlderFart - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 11, 2006
Subject: Wow
Easily one of the best Ramble On and China-Rider ever. Even the Truckin is just completely rocking, and by the time they got to that THING after Space into Playing we were just blown away beyond description. Also thought there was some serious Stephen Teasing going on that night, but that might just be the crowd willing it out of that jam. Also recall Hornsby standing up and just pounding the piano during the Rider....
And frankly i've probably rocked out a few hundred more times to this recording in the years since, so if you don't have it this is one not to miss. 9/10/91 might have been more unbelievable at the Garden at the time, but this is the best show musically i had the priveledge to see in my run with the band.

Reviewer: Trannyman - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 21, 2006
Subject: A must for any Dark Star fan
BTW, the China-Rider is awesome here too. The Dark Star is the longest of the modern era (if you include the playin Rep). The meltdown after the second verse is scary. Like the other review here, I thought the rafters would start falling down...honestly(I was lucky enough to attend this show). It almost seemed odd that they played any more songs after the Dark Star..the Ashes>Touch almost anti-climactic. This show leaves you feeling unusually confused...

Revise- Atruatwiler(spell?)- Yup, it's the longest modern era counting the playin Rep at about 34 minutes.(Playin reprise occurs at about 16 minutes) You mentioned Denver, which of course was reprised in the following shows. Next longest single show (or longest if playin rep 9/20 is discounted) is Miami from October 89..at a massive 29 minutes, all before drums.

Reviewer: dmilks - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 18, 2006
Subject: Great Show
This is the gem of this tour. Jerry sounds really energized, he plays and sings very well(although his voice was pretty shot at this point in the fall '90 run) . The rest of the band sounds great too. For Vince's first tour, this is a must have!

There is a DVD of this floating around online. Backstretch is LONG.

Reviewer: JByron - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 26, 2006
Subject: Mind Blowing
I saw two Dark Stars in my 50 shows - this one, and 9/10/91 with Branford. There was no way I could top those two shows, so I quit going after the '91 MSG run (and a good time to stop - the band disintigrated in the 90's and are virtually unlistenable after '91) I actually left my feet during the first notes of DS, jumping up and down. This entire show is unbelievable, and a must for your collection. Just incredible. Highly reccommended.

Where's jboy with his pretentious review of this show?

Reviewer: NTC - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 21, 2005
Subject: Covetous
This is a show to covet if you can get past Vince's hideous piano shenanigans. Can somebody tell me why he was in the band again? Worst personnel decision in the history of the GD.

Jerry's voice is a tad weak, but his spirit and guitar soar.

Reviewer: steveCA - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 8, 2005
Subject: msg
my first of 8 dark stars. liked braford next year better, but this was my first, and a pretty good one. my next is favorite is cap center 93' the night they played lsd for the first time. also philly 93 was nice too.

Reviewer: jimkrum - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 22, 2005
Subject: yeah well
everybody goes on about the dark star but check out the rippin' china>rider!!!!!!!

Reviewer: jhender501 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 24, 2005
Subject: Never had such a good time
Only saw 2 shows in this run..the 19th and the 20th..the most fun I've ever had at any shows..first time my brother and I were able to see shows together..so many highlights..the whole first set
was great..Ramble On (my brother says "listen when Jerry sings 'just like new york city'")..All Over Now..the set closer US Blues and Althea..wonderful..the whole second set was incredible..from the Dark Star to the reprise of Playin' to the unbelieveable jam into Throwin Stones "what the hell are they doing?" my brother says..like everyone else we were sure St Stephen was coming with all the noodling they were doing..
I long ago lost the tapes I had of these shows and the first shows I looked for when i recently found this site were those 2..Classic..the best of the 90's in my opinion. I hated for these shows to end.

Jim

Reviewer: atrautweiler - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 14, 2005
Subject: Longest DarkStar...
Hey trannyman, if your counting the playin', I say the longest modern era DS must be from McNichols, 12/12-12/14/90. That clocks at over 48 hours :) I agree about the end of the second set, a three tune encore would have been sweeter. Good show, I remember it well being there with some dear old friends I haven't talked to in years...

Reviewer: fwwank - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 5, 2005
Subject: WOW!
Can't believe I finally found a recording of this show!! Of the 60 or so shows I had the pleasure of seeing in my day, this one DEFINATELY ranks up near the top. That Dark Star reprise is one of those indelible DEAD moments etched into my lysergicized psyche, I can close my eyes and BE on the floor of the Garden as the boys build and build and build, Bruce pounds the piano harder...and I look at one of my friends and scream 'I'm gonna FALL!!!'

Post Brent Dead at their peak.

Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 27, 2004
Subject: Top 5 Post-Brent
Others have already stated what should be well-known to any avid collector. This top shelf, 5 star closing night MSG show is what the Dead are all about, even when they are carrying two new members. The post-Space segment is worth the price of admission in and of itself as the band lays out a well-jammed, (6 min. pre verse) Dark Star that gets way out there, particularly on the back end after a Vince led (yes, you read that right) segue through a Playin Reprise. The Phil lines will rattle the floors in your home as bomb after bomb is dropped, litering the sonic landscape with a foundation that the rest of the band builds around. Hell, even the T Stones>Touch closer is a rip snorter.

I don't mean to give short shrift to the rest of the show, which is generally well played and jammed (it's interesting to see Vince/Bruce interplay on first set tunes, laying back and stepping forward as the song suggests. A high point musically for both of them) but that post Space segment is the true highlight.

Highly recommended (duh)

Reviewer: Ezarin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 19, 2004
Subject: The Last Great Grateful Dead Show
This is,in my humble opion,the last truly great Grateful Dead show. I know there were a bunch of hot shows in '91 but this was the one post Brent show where they really reached that state of 'Grateful Deadness' where they could do no wrong.
I've never felt MSG shake like I did that night. I thought they were going to literally tear that old building down with 'Dark Star'.
Something happened on this night that was truly greater than the some of its parts. Something beyond anyones control to create or fuck up.
And I thought it was the beginning of a new era of the Grateful Dead. Unfortunately, I think this show marked the end of an era.
This is one to enjoy and appreciate if you were there or not!

Reviewer: LoserBaby - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 15, 2004
Subject: GD at their Best during last era of career
I remember this show well. It was probably the BEST show I saw during this final stage of the Dead legacy. Hornsby was a great addition. The first set rips. The second set rips. Listen closely after Dark Star, you could swear to god you hear them starting to go into St. Stephen (or maybe that was just me that night...although I'm not the only one to think so). Some highlights: Althea, Ramble on Rose, GSET, China-->Rider, Dark Star.
On and top of that, the sound quality of this show is out of this world. The best I've ever heard from the 90's that wasn't a Dicks Picks.

Reviewer: sgsega - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 6, 2004
Subject: It's not fair!
What the heck happened on this night? I know the band was psyched for this run at the Garden with new members Vince and Bruce and they put a lot of effort into their performances, but just look at this set list! For a lot of us West Coast heads this was just too much to take - those damn Yankees got all the goods!

In the opening songs there are some annoying Vince synth moments, but he tones it down soon enough. By Brown Eyed Women the band is in the groove and rolling, and the first set ends with a strong Greatest Story and U.S. Blues(!). The second set is jam-packed with show-stoppers played to the max. The energy stays consistent throughout the set, and the playing lives up to the quality of the set list. The fact that Dark Star springs from a way-out-there Space, sandwiches Playin' Reprise (finishing the song started the previous night), includes a rare appearance of the second verse, and concludes with a monster chaos jam makes this one of the best post-hiatus versions of this song.

This is a great show with a TON of energy and attention to detail. It's got rock, it's got psychedelic, the whole package. A top 5 show from a top 5 year.